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WEEKEND TRIPLE-HEADER ON ESPN FEATURES ARLINGTON MILLION, BEVERLY D. STAKES AND PACIFIC CLASSIC

Saturday's Arlington Million and Beverly D. Stakes from Arlington Park and Sunday's $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar are the highlights of a weekend triple-header on ESPN's "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships" series.

Saturday's live telecast from Arlington Park is set for 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, with an international cast assembling for the 1¼-mile Arlington Million for three-year-olds and up on turf. Saturday's program also will cover the $700,000 Beverly D. Stakes, the filly and mare counterpart to the Million. At 1 3/16 miles on turf, the Beverly D. is likely to be a key preview of Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf contenders.

Sunday's program from Del Mar, airing from 5:00-6:00 p.m., features the Pacific Classic for three-year-olds and up. The 1¼-mile contest is the same distance as the Breeders' Cup Classic. Last year, Juddmonte Farm's SKIMMING defeated Michael Cooper and Cecilia Straub Rubens' Tiznow, who went on to win the Breeders' Cup Classic and Horse-of-the-Year honors. Official Equibase Past Performances for SKIMMING

With Tiznow not expected to return to action from a back problem until the Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 8, Skimming is favored to defend his Pacific Classic title on Sunday. Trained by Bobby Frankel, the five-year-old son of Nureyev won the July 29th San Diego Handicap over Miller Trust's FUTURAL. Official Equibase Past Performances for FUTURAL

Trained by Craig Dollase, Futural ran by Skimming in the stretch of the 10-furlong Hollywood Gold Cup but was disqualified for interfering with the Juddmonte horse, who finished third after stablemate Aptitude closed for second.

The big question to be answered in the Pacific Classic will be whether Mike Pegram's Dubai World Cup winner CAPTAIN STEVE can regain his best form. Since the Dubai victory, the Bob Baffert-trained son of Fly So Free has lost all three of his starts, finishing second in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, fourth in the Hollywood Gold Cup and third in the San Diego Handicap. Official Equibase Past Performances for CAPTAIN STEVE

East meets West at the Arlington Million when Judy McCaffery, John Toffan and Robert Sangster's California division leader BIENAMADO goes up against Michael Paulson and Edward White's HAP, undefeated this year in three stakes starts for trainer Bill Mott. Luis A. Taunay's REDATTORE, winner of Del Mar's Eddie Read Handicap last out, and Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum's WHITE HEART are representing California for trainers Richard Mandella and Neil Drysdale, respectively. Official Equibase Past Performances for BIENAMADO; HAP; REDATTORE; WHITE HEART

Bienamado began his racing career in England, and in his final start there in September 1999 lost by a head to champion Montjeu in the Prix Niel at Longchamp. The homebred five-year-old by Toffan and McCaffery's 1993 Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Bien Bien has made eight starts for trainer Paco Gonzalez since last summer, winning six-all stakes. Fourth as the beaten favorite in the Arlington Million last year, Bienamado won the Charles Whittingham Handicap last out on June 10.

The leading European-trained challengers appear to be Gary Tanaka's CAITANO (GB) and Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof's SILVANO (GER). Making the trip from Canada is Sam-Son Farm's QUIET RESOLVE, longshot runner-up to Eclipse champion Kalanisi (IRE) in the Breeders' Cup Turf last fall at Churchill Downs. Official Equibase Past Performances for CAITANO; SILVANO; QUIET RESOLVE

ROAD TO THE WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS

A listing of the upcoming major stakes races this week:

Road to the Breeders' Cup Classic

Aug. 19 - $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Run at 1¼ miles for three-year-olds and up (see preview above).

Aug. 19 - $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap at Saratoga. Run at 1¼ miles for three-year-olds and up.

Road to the Breeders' Cup Turf

Aug. 18 - $1 million Arlington Million at Arlington Park. Run at 1¼ miles on turf for three-year-olds and up (see preview above).

Aug. 18 - $400,000 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park. Run at 1¼ miles on turf for three-year-olds.

Aug. 21 - $650,000 (appr.) Juddmonte International at York. Run at 1 5/16 miles on turf for three-year-olds and up.

Road to the Breeders' Cup Distaff

Aug. 18 - $750,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Run at 1¼ miles for three-year-old fillies.

Road to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Aug. 18 - $700,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park. Run at 1 3/16 miles on turf for fillies & mares.

Aug. 18 - $300,000 Del Mar Oaks at Del Mar. Run at 1 1/8 miles on turf for three-year-old fillies.

Road to the Breeders' Cup Mile

Aug. 19 - $250,000 (appr.) Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville. Run at one mile on turf for three-year-olds and up.

MAJOR STAKES RECAP

Race: $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (G1), 3yos & up, 1½ miles (turf)

Track: Saratoga
Finishing Order: 1-WITH ANTICIPATION, 2-KING CUGAT, 3-SLEW VALLEY
Margins: ¾, 1¼, ¾
Also ran: WILLIAMS NEWS, GRITTY SANDIE, ELA ATHENA (GB), CRAIGSTEEL (GB), STATE SHINTO, JOHN'S CALL
Winning Connections: Owner: Augustin Stable; Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard; Jockey: Pat Day
Time: 2:26 2/5 (good)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Turf - Much of the anticipation going into Saturday's Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga centered on Trillium Stable's 10-year-old JOHN'S CALL bid for a repeat victory in the 12-furlong turf marathon. The old boy wasn't up to the task, as Augustin Stable's six-year-old WITH ANTICIPATION reaffirmed his new career as a turf star, winning by a measured three-quarters of a length. Jockey Pat Day had With Anticipation setting or prompting the pace from the outside early in a duel with Rich Meadow Farms' SLEW VALLEY. With Anticipation took command at the top of the stretch when Centennial Farm's KING CUGAT launched a late rally after having checked several times while pinned against the hedge under jockey Jerry Bailey. But it was too little too late for King Cugat. Pennsylvania homebred With Anticipation is a nearly white son of Relaunch out of Fran's Valentine, disqualified winner of the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile fillies at Hollywood Park in 1984. Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard had run With Anticipation mostly in dirt races, placing in several major events. In April at Keeneland, he ran on turf for only the second time in his career, winning a one-mile allowance by nearly nine lengths. He then won the Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs and finished first in the 11-furlong United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park on July 1 but was disqualified to second after a controversial call by the stewards. Sheppard indicated that targets for With Anticipation may include the Man o' War (Sept. 8) and/or the Turf Classic (Sept. 29) before the Breeders' Cup Turf. John's Call tired to last but was greeted with applause after returning to be unsaddled. Sunday morning, trainer Tom Voss reported that John's Call bled badly in the race, possibly because of the heat wave in the area during the week. John's Call has never run on lasix. Official Equibase Past Performances for JOHN'S CALL; WITH ANTICIPATION; SLEW VALLEY; KING CUGAT

Race: $125,000 Singapore Plate Stakes (G3), 3yo fillies, 1 1/8 miles

Track: Arlington Park
Finishing Order: 1-CARESSING, 2-GAL ON THE GO, 3-SCOOP
Margins: 1, 3½, 9
Also ran: MORNING SUN, NORTHWEST COLORS, SUPREME SONG, DANCIN EMI, C MILLIE
Winning Connections: Owner: Carl Pollard; Trainer: David R. Vance; Jockey: Rene Douglas
Time: 1:50 3/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Carl Pollard's 2000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Eclipse champion CARESSING had been a source of frustration for owner and trainer Dave Vance after finishing unplaced in the Acorn at Belmont Park and the Delaware Oaks in her last two starts. Saturday at Arlington Park, the daughter of Honour and Glory got back on the winning track with blinkers added and won the Singapore Plate, formerly known as the Arlington Oaks. Vance speculated that the one turn of the Acorn may not have suited the stretch-runner and racing in tight quarters on the inside in the Delaware Oaks may have intimidated her. Vance didn't have a specific plan for Caressing's next start. Official Equibase Past Performances for CARESSING

Race: $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (G3), F&M, 1 1/8 miles

Track: Ellis Park
Finishing Order: 1-ASHER, 2-ZENITH, 3-ROYAL FAIR
Margins: 2, ½, 2
Also ran: FAST DELIVERY, ROSE OF ZOLLERN (IRE), STAR QUEEN, ENQUIRY WOMAN, PLEASE SIGN IN
Winning Connections: Owner: Pepper Tree Farms; Trainer: Ron Moquett; Jockey: Mark Guidry
Time: 1:50 (muddy)

Road to the Breeders' Cup Distaff - Peppertree Stable's four-year-old filly ASHER has flirted with top filly and mare company this year, finishing a game third to Saudi Poetry in the Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 16. Saturday at Ellis Park, the Ron Moquett-trained daughter of Mountain Cat went wire-to-wire to win the Gardenia Handicap. Official Equibase Past Performances for ASHER

Race: $150,000 Pat O'Brien Handicap (G2), 3yo & up, seven furlongs

Track: Del Mar
Finishing Order: 1-EL CORREDOR, 2-SWEPT OVERBOARD, 3-CEEBAND
Margins: 1½, 1, 4½
Also ran: BLADE PROSPECTOR (BRZ), FIGLIO MIO, IDIAHOMA, ELABORATE
Winning Connections: Owner: Hal Earnhardt; Trainer: Bob Baffert; Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Time: 1:20 2/5 (fast)

Road to the Breeders Cup Sprint - Hal Earnhardt's four-year-old EL CORREDOR has run only eight times in his career, but the dark bay son of Mr. Greeley can run very fast when he gets the chance. Sunday at Del Mar, trainer Bob Baffert sent El Corredor out to an impressive score in the Pat O'Brien Handicap in his first start since winning the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in late November. In his only two defeats, the $110,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase finished fourth in his debut as a two-year-old and second in the Jerome Handicap at Belmont last September, beaten only three-quarters of a length by Fusaichi Pegasus. Official Equibase Past Performances for EL CORREDOR

Race: $190,200 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap (G3), F&M, 1 1/16 miles (turf)

Track: Saratoga
Finishing Order: 1-PENNY'S GOLD, 2-BABAE (Chi), 3-CHASTE
Margins: ¾, ½, 1½
Also ran: GAVIOLA, GOOD GAME, AMOURETTE
Winning Connections: Owner: Overbrook Farm; Trainer Christophe Clement; Jockey: Jerry Bailey
Time: 1:40 3/5 (good)

Racing to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf - Overbrook Farm's homebred four-year-old filly PENNY'S GOLD began her racing career in France with trainer Pascal Bary and was a Group 3 stakes winner last summer at Deauville. This winter, the daughter of Kingmambo was sent to trainer Christophe Clement at Payson Park and is now four-for-four in America after capturing Sunday's Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap at Saratoga over a strong field. Clement began the filly's U.S. campaign at Gulfstream, where she won an allowance and the Anka Germania. Her first try in U.S. graded stakes company was the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland in April, which she won in her last start prior to Sunday. The next likely target for Penny's Gold is expected to be the Diana Handicap at Saratoga on Sept. 3. Official Equibase Past Performances for PENNY'S GOLD

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